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Parents Advocacy Networked Forms To Affect Change In Schools

| March 17, 2012, 02:03 PM | 0 Comments
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An independent group called the Parents Advocacy Network is being formed to provide concerned citizens with an effective way to advocate for improvements in Anne Arundel County Public Schools.

In an online survey this month of 283 citizens who had previously expressed interest in improving county schools, 91% said they would like an independent advocacy group to be formed.  According to Joanna Conti, Acting Chair of the new Parents Advocacy Network, “many parents feel they don’t have enough of a voice in what happens in our schools.”

When asked why they felt such a group was needed, respondents made statements such as “parents are having less and less say in the situations in our school,” “programs have been implemented or removed without any open discussion with community members,” and “the reformatted CAC (Citizen Advisory Committee) is not an effective advocacy tool.”  The largest areas of concern among survey respondents were that talented students are not being adequately challenged, citizens want more influence on educational policies, education is being dumbed down, and class sizes at some schools are too large.

The first meeting of the Parents Advocacy Network will be from 6:45 – 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27th at the Broadneck Library, 1275 Green Holly Drive, Annapolis.  Anyone who is interested in improving Anne Arundel County schools is encouraged to attend.  After a short organizational meeting, attendees will break into groups to brainstorm how to best approach searching for innovative solutions to specific concerns.  More information can be found at www.ParentsAdvocacyNetwork.org


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